Thursday, June 23, 2016

Fear of Baggage

Political Cartoonists SLAM <b>Hillary</b> Clinton For <b>Email</b> Scandal | The ...There has always been inequity in judgment.  Some are judged more severely than others while some are given a pass for gross misconduct.  Within the scope of a democracy and our responsibility for self rule the level of inequity must be managed more carefully.

How we manage these affairs has to transcend the political and has to be enacted despite the influential and powerful.  Due Process has recently come under direct attack when specific individuals, not convicted, are held in contempt of their inalienable rights.   Despite how you stand on the issue of these rights and the fears you may have in regards to the risks of maintaining these freedoms the loss of these basic and fundamental rights will severely damage our future rights and our eventual rights to maintain freedom.

My fears are real in relation to how Islamic terrorist may effect our lives.  When a lone gunman can enter a club, any club, and take the lives of innocent patrons while screaming Allah Akbar and proclaiming allegiance to ISIS the reality of the war against our freedoms is real.  The question is do we acquiesce against that threat by moving in the direction planned by our attackers or do we remain strong regardless of the threat?

Those fundamental freedoms are more important than the individual lives lost in almost any instance.  This may sound harsh but why is it that over the years so many have died defending our way of life?  Is our way really that much better so we would send our sons, our fathers and now even our daughters to war?

Not all wars are as justified as others and it is obvious that many lives have been lost due to the political motivations rather than the more important and fundamental spiritual aspects of freedom.  The need to define freedom is essential if we are going to defend its precepts.  What are we free from?  Is our freedom more important that others perspective of freedom and how does our freedoms affect the world today?

Being free from physical and mental restraint is perhaps the easiest definition to begin with.  It’s easy to define freedom in these terms but what about those earlier religious freedoms or the freedom of speech or thought?  If I want to be free I have to allow all to be free around me.  More often we look at our freedoms as a guide to manage the freedoms of others while forgetting that when we limit their choices and lifestyles we curtail our own.

The concept of freedom has been a current political matter as well.  Donald Trump followed the rules to the point of winning the Republican nomination for president but because others do not like what he says or how he says things they want to change the rules and in essence stop his run for office.

A similar but opposite situation is occurring within the Clinton camp.  Hillary in almost every instance has broken the law.  The evidence is clear with both sides admitting that she “broke the rules” and those rules caused her emails and server to be vulnerable to outside sources.  She then deleted those emails making the process of discovery more difficult, especially in relation to who may have accessed those emails and documents. 

Ignorance is not a crime unto itself but the results of that ignorance does have consequences .  The risks to our national security because of those secretes being exposed to other countries is very high.  It may take years to fully understand the scope of damage and the risk of blackmail.  Simply put had she followed the rules we would not be having this conversation.

Her responsibility in this matter is beyond question but her punishment for her lack of responsibility is and that’s where the inequity comes into play.  Politics aside, what she did was wrong and she deserves to be punished.  When you compare the costs others have paid for exposing our country to outside influences you can see the sever inequity of our system due to political power and the power of influence rather than the universal process due all men and women within this country. 

Due process works both ways and should rule over Hillary just as it did with Edward Snowden, Thomas Drake and John Kiriakou — three whistleblowers all charged under the Espionage Act.  These men acted in good faith and wanted to make changes to an ineffective and dangerous process of secretes and were punished as a result. 

George Portrayus was also given a light sentence of two years probation and a fine for allowing his biographer to access his email.  If Hillary was given the least of these punishments I wonder if she would be eligible to run for president, many think not.

When the rich and powerful are given a pass for egregious acts then the fundamental process of freedom is in serious jeopardy.  Like the kings and rulers of the past the separation between the powerful and the connected create a gap of not only opportunity but a deficit in the overall morality for all those under those that lead. 

Bill Clinton represented our country as our president and with one act of immorality created the impression for all  Americans that engaging in oral sex was not really sex.  The consequences of his Oval Office tryst directly correlates with the rise in sexual promiscuity of the youth during the remainder of his presidency and today.

As a Republic we have the serious obligation of holding our leaders responsible for what they do and do not do.  Hillary wants to lead but she does not want to lead by example, she simply wants to lead.  If she were a “good” leader she would show us her resolve by admitting to what she did, accepting the consequences of her actions and step down as a contender for the presidency.   That will obviously never happen.  But we can unite as a people and demand “good” leadership, or we can follow our leaders and be subjected by their selfish will and demands for more and more power, generally in the form of raised taxes and controls.  

And then there was Trump.  You can like him or dislike him, you can believe he is our economic savior or you can think him to be the biggest snake oil salesman in history but he is not Hillary and he did not risk our sovereignty.  If you think Hillary is a better leader then you must demand that she act like a leader and lead.  Trump is leading, in his way and has not hidden in any way what he is or who he is.  We all know the kind of man Trump, there is no mystery there.

With Hillary we have the mystery surrounded by the unknown wrapped by the paper of lies that have surrounded her and her husband since their days in Arkansas.   We know who she is as well by the mysteries that surround her and the failed policies that she has agreed too and supported.

Under Obama and Hillary (secretary of state) the unemployment in this country has remained very high with over 90 million workers left out of the statistics because they stopped looking for work.  When tabulated correctly with the available workers and those who are under employed or unemployed, the true measure of our economic strength is closer to 26% unemployment.  Look around your neighborhood and tell me you can’t see the struggles that are still raging around this country.

The cost of insurance has skyrocketed, especially in relation to the care currently provided.  The hope of America has been significantly damaged and any hope in the future should not come from the same party that put us there.  For the past seven and a half years we have gone from marginal to bad and all our leaders, both Democrats and Republicans can do is lie about the issues and what they have done to serve us.

Hillary will be nothing more than an extension of Obama and with Obama came the nightmare that is our economy and continuation of our economic decline.  I’m not saying that Trump is significantly better, know one really knows, but at least we can start over and start with a new hope of promise from someone who has a track record of success….

For Hillary maybe it’s time to judge her as equitably as she deserves rather than the pass that so many willing to provide, just because she is a woman or a Clinton, that at least should be a serious consideration.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

No Fly List Loss

Diane Feinstein proclaimed on the Senate floor that those on the No Fly List “must prove their innocents” Have we really fallen so far from the basic premise of presumptive innocents that the laws of Due Process have been targeted as a means to justify the ends of our overwhelming fear of those who would do us harm.  This is not the time to falter nor is it the time to enact punitive or dictatorial rules that will only serve to enhance the fears and further erode our constitutional rights.

When our constitution was enacted the republic was established so that we could have self-rule.  If you need to be reminded, self-rule was a new concept to humanity and the constitution guaranteed those inalienable rights (rights that cannot be given or taken away), rights that were not dependent on any monarchy, ruler, group or religion, rights that were understood to be the privilege of all men and women regardless of race, color, gender or religion. 

For the first time in Human history man was responsible for their government and not subject to it.  This revolutionary process demands that all men be responsible for their own actions and not the whims of any ruler.  The importance of this revolutionary process creates a system of opportunity that was absent in virtually every other country and land.  When Benjamin Franklin was leaving the last meeting of the creation of the constitution he was asked “Well, Doctor, what we have got— a Republic or a Monarchy?”  He answered,   “A Republic, if you can keep it.”

It is up to us to fight for those rights that are systematically and now blatantly being taken away.  When Franklin Roosevelt said “we have nothing to fear but fear itself”, and then followed with, “Nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance,” he was referring to the banking problems of his day but the same argument can be had for the fear of terrorism and the fears that cause men to pass laws to control those fears through legislation.  The results, even if enacted temporarily will dissolve our resolve toward self-rule and undermine the basic foundational principles of individual rights and freedoms.

The pundits would have us think that we need to enact a level of Martial Law in order to keep us safe.  There is some logic to the idea of taking control in order to establish control but the risks to our constitution and our individual freedoms are more important than the risks of temporary safety.  You may not agree and I can respect that level of fear, we are faced with an almost insurmountable risk to our safety but if we abandon our principles and our rule of law then those that would see us harmed have already won.  They would applaud the victory if our concepts of equality were abandoned and they would have a free and gaping opportunity to enact their rule of law, Sharia.

There is a better way.

Most if what I am going to propose is non-political and being the Political Dad I thought long and hard about what I am proposing.  Politics has not served this country well over the last 200 years.  Despite those negative inroads into our freedoms served to us through the selfish designs of the political process, our country remained strong through two major wars and numerous smaller wars.  The strength of our country is decidedly not political it has always been strong because of our freedoms and specifically our freedom of religion. 

This is where I may lose some of you so try to stay with me.  The reason we have a constitution and the reason we have a country was primarily due to the need to establish freedoms for worship. Even when those who came became intolerant and segregated the ideals of free worship overrode those ignorance’s.

There were thousands upon thousands who came primarily because of the opportunity to be free and worship freely, the optimal word to remember is worship and the idea of being able to worship anyway you chose.  My religion has at its core the articles of faith and the 11th article states:  "We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.”

The issue of worship is at the crux of my proposal to establish and maintain a free and safe society.  As we have forsaken the God of our rights we have forsaken the blessing that are inexorably connected to those rights.  All we have to do, this sounds easier than it sounds, but all we have to do is worship our God, keep his day holy and strive to live a better life. 

When we do these simple things, our lives will improve across the board.  Our country will improve across the board and the promised blessing of this great country will once again be provided.  God’s spirit has been slowly taken away from our country and our lives and by returning to our God (Any God is better than no God) we will be blessed accordingly. 

Politics is not the answer, it never really has been.  Politics is fun to write about, it’s nice to think that those that lead us will do so as statesman and not as the bureaucrats that currently fill our halls of justice.  Politicians will not solve our problems of overcoming our fear, nor will they provide meaningful and long term solutions to those issues.  What we need is a faith in God and in his tender mercies to support the freedoms he has always granted to those who believe. 

Once we start to believe in and act in faith with that belief our minds and are actions will prevail over the fears that now surround and encompass all we do.  Where there was fear there will be faith.  Where there was estrangement and discord there will be unity and cooperation.  Politics has already failed us, negotiations are not the answer, the only way to regain our freedoms and our safety is to rely upon the All Mighty and Great God above and let Him bless us as he always has.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

The battle begins

Clinton or Trump….That’s really all there is.  If you don’t like either one you can try your hand at the green party or another no named party but the reality of our two party system is that your vote will be wasted, so if you want to vote and be heard it’s either Hillary or Donald.

My choice is fairly easy; I don’t like the Clinton's philosophies or the Clinton’s ongoing move toward the radical left.  Trump has issues too but who doesn’t? When we compare the two, Trump verses Clinton, can you really say unequivocally that you “like” either one? Is our choice really the lesser of two incompetents or are their values of one over the other that can be defined?

My opinion of course takes precedence here so let’s see how they match up.  And just to set the record straight I will not be doing a side by side comparison but will attempt to look at the candidates logically, and with a perspective that will benefit the reader, not just regurgitating the party line.

This country is in deep trouble and that trouble is in large measure do to the failed policies of both the Republicans and the Democrats.  There is plenty of blame to go around.  One issue that is most troubling is our loss of a moral center and I don’t think that either candidate will be able to make any inroads into solving that issue. 

We need to seriously look at who the candidates are and ask ourselves if they can effect any meaningful change.  I’m not talking about the Hope and Change promised and delivered by Obama but the need to redirect our efforts as America for Americans and our standing as a “Superpower”.   We hold the reigns of the world in our hands and have the ability to effect positive changes throughout the world.  We need a leader who understands our position, our responsibility and our role in the world.

For those who think we need to be subjugated, ruled or monitored they need to think seriously about moving to another country or just going home, locking their doors and letting the rest of us run the country as it should be run.  For the first time in recorded history there is a democracy (republic) that has the power, used to have the will and the resources to make a world wide difference in the freedom of the world. 

Which candidate is closer to this ideal?  Seriously, which one is more apt to move America away from the kowtowing, apologetic, bowing to foreign leaders to one of power and promise?

Who does not accept the role of American power toward freeing the world from the despots and evil rulers around the world?  Who does not accept our role of mediator to the world’s issues?  If not the U.S. than who?  I personally don’t like the idea of sending our men and women into battle for the freedoms of others who do not contribute to those hard fought blessing but again if we don’t take the lead who will, the Soviet Union, China, North Korea or Iran?

If we don’t have a leader who is a world leader than who will take that role?  It will be filled by someone and just because we decide not to lead in the hope that all will get the message that “we just all need to get along” the inevitable gap will be filled by some despot or some rogue nation or extreme religion.

Which candidate is more suited to keep our country safe?  Hillary or Trump is our only choice so think about it; think seriously who has America’s best interest, your best interest at heart?

Your opinion may be different than mine, it shouldn’t be but it might be and if it is perhaps you should rethink your position to include the following:

Hillary is a career politician.  She married a career politician and her marriage to Bill is nothing more than a means to an end.  Her manner of thought is that of a bureaucrat.  Her reason for living is not in the service to the people but in the power of the office.  She wants nothing more than to be the President so she can wield the power of that office.  Her entire life is devoted to the power not the people.

Trump is a career businessman.  He has been married a few times but for all intense and purposes has not cheated on his wives (at least none that I can find).  His manner of thought is that of a businessman.  His reason for living is to make a profit and profit demands service to a certain degree.  Everyone who understands business understands the quotient of service verses profit and also understands that long term profits require a level of sustainable service.  He wants nothing more than to create a profitable environment so that he can continue to make his profits and being president may affect his bottom line positively.   His entire life has been devoted to amassing his fortune. 

The two are diametrically opposed.  Trump would turn our country into a profitable venture; Hillary would turn our country into profits for her.  Both have their issues but for me the choice is easy.  Trump will use his selfish designs to create a better working environment because that’s how he makes money.  The more money we have to spend the more money he makes as a businessman.

Clinton would use her selfish designs to make her money by raising taxes, scheming ways to defraud the public to grow her own personal holdings.  The only way she and her husband have ever made any money is through fraud and corruption, remember white water? Remember secrets to China? Benghazi.....(There are many more)

Trump is no Angel, in fact he may be considered ruthless at times but I would rather have ruthless and capable than a power hungry, apologetic bureaucrat.  It’s your choice but in the end and if you’re in the least bit logical you should be able to see the benefits of Trump over Clinton, heaven help us if you can’t.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

The Greatest

Image result for mohamed aliYears ago when I was much younger I was taking a vacation with my two oldest daughters.  They had both been asking questions about government and about laws and had both seen the stupid little cartoon about “bills” that so many of us had to watch when we were young (  They came home and told me about this weird cartoon that the school had made them watch and I knew exactly which cartoon they were referring too.  As a result and the need to spend some time with my two oldest we decided to take a trip to our state capital, Sacramento

The trip itself was fun from the beginning, except for the drive.  The I -5 through the breadbasket of the world, the San Joaquin Valley is long and tiresome but at the same time gave me plenty of opportunity to school the girls in supply and demand and the endless planted fields filled with every conceivable, profitable crop and some not too profitable I imagine, but in the early 90’s almost everything that was planted was profitable.

It is within this area that stretches from Sacramento north to just past Bakersfield south and encompasses a wide area of the State of California.  The politics of the state have created a sever imbalance in the diversity of the areas ability to grow and sell due to incursions by environmentalist and the Delta Smelt and the decreased water to the area as a result.  It is hard for farmers to grow when water is taken away.  But I digress, I was telling the story of my vacation with my daughters…We finally arrived in Sacramento, I can’t remember if it was only a stop over or the destination but in any event we found ourselves walking the Hallowed Halls of the state capital. 

Meandering through the capital building and seeing the massive rotunda we made our way to the elevators in order to access the public gallery.  My younger daughter quickly pushed the button to go up and we stood waiting for the elevator to arrive.  As the large doors opened my eyes went wide as I saw the great man himself surrounded by two very large and intimidating guards.

Right in front of me was Muhammad Ali.  I must have been quit the site with my eyes wide and my mouth even wider at seeing the visage of one of the greatest boxers of all time.  I must have been rambling and speaking some truly star struck things when h stepped in front of his guards and looked down at my daughters and without speaking a word bent down and gave them both a big bear hug. 

He extended his hand and I meekly received the same paw that had knocked out so many hardened men that I truly felt a shock of excitement.  He gave me a gentle but firm hand shake and I returned with the same pressure, our eyes locking for just a moment.  I could see the greatness of this man and in a true sense the humility he felt for what he used to be and the reality of the illness he was now suffering. 

My girls were amazed at how big he was but even then did not really understand the meaning of meeting such a great athlete.  To them he was just an imposing figure of a man who had at time lost some of his ability to speak.  But despite his weakness in speech he bent down and whispered “beautiful” to my girls and grinned in my direction with the understanding that life is in our children.

I never really followed his politics and to be honest never cared, he was a boxer turned evangelist and even in this I cared very little but when I saw him in person coming out of the elevator as we were going in I saw a humble man, a great man who had the kindness to touch the lives of two little girls and then look toward their dad and give me a wink, a wink of knowing that in life it is really not what we achieve but how we act in relation to what we have. 

That story is a highlight of my life and to some degree it has changed who I am.  I saw him fight, say him win and loose and then win again.  I saw him dance the butterfly and sting like a bee as his lighting fast fists found their mark.  I witnessed his courage as he changed his name and became Muslim and was sent to prison for over three years and I saw him announce to the world that he was the greatest.

To me he was the greatest.  He didn’t need to stop and take the time to shake my hand or hug my girls but he did and for that I am impressed,  I am impressed with his courage and devotion to life and the driving force that made Muhammad Ali the greatest that ever was.

Thank you Ali, thank you for your example and thank you for the memory that you provided me and my girls, rest in eternal peace and rest within your family’s hearts as you’re now resting in mine.